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Mistakes of Making Money Online! Getting More Hubpages Traffic Part 4

Updated on November 14, 2012

This maybe my last hub of this series. I do love online marketing, and there are loads of tricks and advice out there that really do work. However, I have noticed that it really does depend on what niche you decide to venture into.

One method may not work for a particular niche as great as another. That's just all part of the learning curve in this racket.

I have shared a few of these trickes that have worked for me in my previous hubs about the subject. You can find extra links to this series at the bottom of this hub.

For the finale, I'd like to touch up upon a few mistakes of making money online that I've learned. I do hope these help you in your quest.

1. Thinking That It's Easy!

Okay for all those who are looking to make money online fast or how to make money online easy, I'm going to warn you right now that anything of value in this world does NOT come easy. If you have the frame of mind of making easy money online, you will be highly disappointed.

Almost everyone I know in the marketing online game works hard just to earn a buck. Actually, they work DAMN hard! Competition is extremely fierce!

If you want fast ways to make money online or an easy way, you are the prime candidate for all those Get rich on the Internet scams you see all over the place. Erase any notion of earning a buck online will be easy or fast.

Even when it comes to earning decent money on Hubpages, it takes time and a lot of hard work. There's more to it than just writing hubs you think that people will want to read. Writing the hub is the easy part. There's things to do before you even write a hub.

You will need to start off with the basics and KNOW how to do keyword research. When you know how to do keyword research and find out which keywords people are using to look up things on the internet, it makes things a tad easier.

However, knowing your competition for certain keywords is also crucial. If you do NOT know how to do proper keyword research, you will need to read the first part of this series on how to get more hubpages traffic.

Even when you get your keywords and written your hub, the work isn't over. You don't publish the hub and automatically expect thousands of visitors to just come.

Sometimes, it does happen that you can write a hub and get nice visitors without doing anything else after, but don't expect it too often.

2. Not Promoting Your Hubs

For maximum traffic, you want to get search engines to rank you high on their searches. In order to do this consistently, you need to promote your hubs outside of the Hubpages platform.

Yes, you need to get back links from other high page ranking sites. Some just concentrate on Hubpages community and this is huge mistake. However, do not over link. Google has greatly tightened it's measures on over linking to get top placement in search engine results.

Remember, content is still king! Write great informative pieces that your audience will most likely share. Google is now placing social media even higher in its search engine relevance!

If you're in this to make money online, you have to find your customer base. This means your audience as well. Face it, most on Hubpages are on here to make money with Hubpages as well. They are not, necessarily your audience.

Most hubbers don't click on ads or aren't looking for whatever products you may be promoting in your ebay capsules. It's the people typing in those keywords on search engines who are most likely to do that.

That's why you need to focus on getting more search engine traffic more than your Hubpages traffic. Getting back links is essential and this means even more writing.

I've written a few secrets I do to get higher on Google by promoting my hubs and getting back links. I suggest you click the link to read part 2 of promoting your hubs and getting more hubpages traffic.

3. Only Doing It To Make Money

I learned very early on that only being in internet marketing or making any kind of money online doesn't produce very good results if you're just in it for the money. This truth is that other people DON'T care that you're online to make money.

They only care about where they can find what they're looking for online! Yes, it is a self-fish world and most people only care about how you can help them. That's the reason why How To's do so well online.

The more you can help people and offer them the information they're searching for, the more successful you'll be online. Now, that doesn't mean that you can't recommend them products. Sure, you can, but selling too hard will turn off people more than get them to purchase anything.

Remember, if you're in this to make money, you are treating this like a business, and all businesses provide products, services, or information that help people.

When it comes to online marketing, it's all about information! So in short, write hubs or have blogs or sites that provide information that helps your target audience.

Write about subjects you love and know about to start off with!

4. Not Being Adaptable

Okay, we all know just how Google is with all their updates like Panda, Penguin, Poopoo, or whatever. It's true Google constantly messes with those trying to make monry online and Hubpages is not void of this challenge either.

A stupid update from Google can see your hubs, sites, or blogs drop drastically in search engine rankings and traffic. You need to be adaptable. You will need to figure out how to counter-act the new update and clean up your hubs or sites so Google loves them again.

There's also the point of finding profitable niches. I don't care what others say about not needing to find a niche in making money online or with Hubpages, but I highly disagree with that.

Not every niche will work for you. That's just a plain fact. When you find a niche that does start bringing in money, it takes more research to find out what's popular in that niche.

Remember, I said there's a lot of competition online. Everything evolves, and being a step ahead of your competition in regards to what your audience is looking for or wants takes a lot of time and effort.

You can't devote the proper time if you take what's called "the shotgun" approach to making money online. You will fall behind. Trust me, I tried dipping my hands in everything when I first started out. It didn't work so well.

Besides, you will need to know as much as possible about your niche. You need to provide as much information that helps people. You can't continuously give people great information about a topic if you're all over the map about what you write about.

You don't need to have just one niche. I have about five, but it's whatever you feel comfortable with. Once you realize you're finding it hard to compete or are neglecting one particular niche too much, you need to scale back or devote even more time.

Another thing about being adaptable online is that many niches, products, and such have a very small lifespan before the market competition becomes over-saturated and starts drying up. When that happens you will have to start finding other potentially profitable niches to venture into.

Many are searching for ever green topics or products to promote. These are topics that our human condition will always be interested in learning more about. Can you guess what they are?

Finances, Health, & Relationships!

These topics will never go out of style nor curiosity as long as there are human beings on the planet. The problem is, these niches are highly over-saturated and the competition is overloaded. You will need to be a bit more creative in entering these niches.

Still think it doesn't take work?

5. Not Being Part of A Community

Networking is exceptionally important. If we're talking about Hubpages, not being part of the community is a terrible mistake.

I see countless hubbers on here who comment on only one hub not of their own and then stop. Then I see them repeatedly publish hubs that garner very little comments. Why do think that is?

Become part of the Hubpages community. Comment on other's hubs frequently and always reply to comments on your hubs as well. Share other hubs, too.

However, be wary. I also see some hubbers who are constantly commenting on hubs and sharing...virtually spamming the Hubpages feed. This will turn off other community members as well.

If you're commenting on hubs mere minutes of each other, I'm going to assume you're not really reading them. I'm also going to assume you're just doing it to gain more exposure and hoping that you'll make more money from the Hubpages ad program.

Spamming is spamming whether it's on Hubpages, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumble Upon, and if you keep it up, you'll lose creditability really soon. People will just start ignoring you, because it's...well, annoying.

Comment and share on hubs you really enjoy or have insightful comments to add to the discussion. Not being part of any community in your niche is a mistake, almost as being an over-active spammer in a community is a huge mistake as well.

Use common sense here.

6. Not Having A Product

This is truly debatable, but not having some type of product can be a costly mistake in terms of garnishing more traffic. Yes, writing a free ebook with valuable information is a great way to get more traffic to any site you desire...even your hubs.

With all the programs that can turn documents into pdf's it's extremely easy nowadays. Find out what people are wanting to know in your niche, write a free ebook and put links in there that bring them to a product, your site or blog or hub.

You DO NOT need your own website to host your free ebook. If you have a blog, upload it there. If not, you can always use places like Scribd.

Remember, do your keyword research and even use those keywords in your ebook. The great thing about a free ebook is that it can go viral. If people like it, they will share. Also, you can use Hubpages to link to Scribd.

However, having your own website or blog is highly recommended. No business doesn't have a headquarters.

I have made quite a bit of money using this technique. Yes, it took a bit of time to see results, but doesn't everything? It can also help you gain more Hubpages traffic if you use the technique wisely.

Remember, there's got to be an important reason why you're diverting your readers to another site from your ebook. Make it a good one or you'll start to lose credibility. In other words, it's best to map out your strategy.

For example, let's say you have a free ebook about a hard gainer's workout program. If you don't know what a hard gainer is, it's someone who has trouble gaining weight but wants a bigger and muscular look.

So in the free ebook you do your research, or better yet if you know from experience (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), you write about the best exercise program for hard gainers to build muscle fast. Then somewhere in the ebook you can have a link that points them to the hubs about recommended diet or recipes to gain healthy weight.

Or, you can have links that point them to other products that will help them with their goal of gaining weight and muscle. Kinda get the strategy?

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Thanks lorddraven2000, I truly hope this advice helps you and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Sam Little 4 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      I think you have covered some very important factors here. I myself agree totally that one should never write just to gain money.

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Thank you mpropp and I'm glad you enjoyed my series. I truly do hope some of stuff I learned helps you also as well as other newbies. It's always a learning process since the internet and Google changes so rapidly all the time.

      But if you like a challenge then making money online could be for you. It's not an easy racket, but it's definitely possible. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Always appreciated!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I enjoyed your series and picked up quite a few tips. Sadly, I still haven't settled on a niche, but I can definitely see the advantages...Thanks for taking the time to help out all of us "newbies", we appreciate it!

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Thank you Michele Travis, I truly hope these hubs do help people out there to get some more hubpages traffic and make money online also.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for letting us know about this. I am not very good about getting traffic. But, your hubs are a great way to learn.

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Thanks Geekdom, I hope my series helps you out and sheds a bit more light about how to get more hubpages traffic.

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      I have missed this series. Great tips!

      I will be going back and checking out your previous articles.